People who have served on the Governing Body in the past twelve months

Mr Julian Thornton (28/7/14 - 27/7/18) Parent Governor. Attendance: 33%
Ms Fiona Foulkes (1/9/16 - 12/9/18) Co-Opted Governor. Attendance: 90%

Governing Body Meeting Dates 2018-2019

Meeting Dates

Tuesday 18th Sept 2018
Attended: SHA, RW, SK, JC, RA, JP, TV,AB, DD, MS, PW
Absent: FF

Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Attended: SHA, RW, SK, JC, RA, JP, TV, AB, DD, MS
Absent: PW

Monday 10th December 2018
Headteacher's Report
Attendance Data
Behaviour reporting
Governor training confirmation
Pupil progress data
Credit card reconciliation
Headteacher Performance Appraisal
Policies for approval

January 2018
Governor Training Date TBC

Tuesday 5th February 2019
Subject Leader reporting
review of Autumn term progress data
Management accounts (year to date: April to January)
H&S matters
Equality and accessibility review
School Council report
HIP JARV report
Policies for approval

Tuesday 26th March 2019
School Financial Value Standards SFVS report
Forest House Education Centre focus report
Credit card reconciliation
Budget setting process
SIDP progress monitoring
Asset management plan
Pupil Progress data and vulnerable groups
Additional Monies reporting (PPG, PPG Plus, Sports Premium, Year 7 CatchUp)

Tuesday 21st May 2019
Subject leader reporting
Budget approval meeting
H&S matters
Spring term attendance and behaviour reporting
Policies for approval

Tuesday 25th June 2019
Headteacher's report
SIDP Objectives: review of the year
Setting objectives for 2018-2019
Parent questionnaire feedback
Governor Skills audit
Quality of Teaching report
Fund account report
Pupil Progress data
Outcomes information and progress of vulnerable pupils

The Impact of the Governing Body of St Luke's School and Forest House Education Centre

There are many ways the Governors of St Luke's and Forest House Education Centre impact on the development and accountability of the school:

The Governing Body has conducted skills audits, used to support the retention and targeted recruitment of new board members in order to ensure the school is supported as best it can be.

Meetings are regular and seek to challenge the Executive Headteacher and the Senior Leadership on the data about school finances, children's progress, staff development and the quality of the provision for each child. At Full Governing Body meetings there are full and frank discussions, rigorous challenge as well as recognition of the teams' work.

The Governors are now able to undertake more forensic interrogation of data in order to ensure the school leaders are investigative and thorough in their analyses. Governors understand their roles and take a strategic view of the school and needs for further development.

Guidance and support form a significant role of the governors. The wealth of experience and talents the governors collectively share, inform and shape the development of the school. Skills from Governors' roles in other aspects of the community and careers are brought to ensure benchmarking and guidance is effective.

All governors undertake visits to the school - some planned and some drop-in visits, in order to validate what they are informed about. Their reports show governors interview staff, pupils and parents about the school in order to ensure a rounded view of what happens here on a daily basis. Several of the governors are also parents of children in the school and they triangulate their experiences with the reports on the school and the impact of decision making. In all, we have a very strong team of governors who, like the staff and pupils, love the school and want to ensure they make a difference in consistently striving to improve and make life a better place for each and every child here.

The governing body has three main objectives to fulfill its role in supporting the school.
  • To hold the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Executive Headteacher to account for the performance of the school
  • To contribute to, and seek clarity on, the strategic vision and direction of the school
  • Exercise oversight of the financial performance of the school

Outlined below are the key activities which the governing body members have followed for the last academic year to carry out their role.

Holding the SLT and Executive Headteacher to account.
  • The Executive Head has a standing agenda item at governing body meetings. A Head’s report is circulated prior to the meeting and covers a wide range of points on the day-to-day operation of the school. The governors can monitor changes over time and ask challenging questions.
  • Two governors are responsible for the Executive Head’s annual performance and appraisal.
  • The governing body established a working group to scrutinize and question the re-organization plans.
  • The governors, Executive Head and SLT have established an Ofsted file, detailing up-to-date information on the school and its performance.

Strategic Vision and Direction
  • Governor input to, and monitoring of, the School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP) which sets out the schools focus and how it plans to thrive in a changing educational landscape.

Financial Oversight
  • A Finance & Resources committee exercises the main governing body duties with respect to the financial status of the school.
  • This includes budget reviews through the year, budget planning, governor approval for spending of larger amounts and detailed questions on spending areas that do not match the budget.

Other activities to support the school
In addition to the above:
  • Governors have attended safeguarding training and other courses at school with the staff in order to remain current and contribute more widely to the school.
  • Governors have supported new members of staff and form part of interview panels, bringing their expertise to the development of the school.
  • All governors make visits to the school and reports for these visits inform the triangulation of data and observations about school practices.
  • Governors attend parents evenings, end of term productions and other events throughout the year.